Tooth Extraction Perth
Tooth extraction (pulling) should always be considered as a last resort.
Whilst we are able to perform tooth extractions at Dentistry Plus, we’ll always do a thorough inspection on the health of your teeth and run you through what options you have to keep your natural teeth, if possible.
However, sometimes, if the tooth has been damaged through significant trauma or decay, then a tooth extraction can be the best option.
What to do after your tooth extraction?
You may also want to consider what you would like to do once you have had your tooth or teeth extracted. You can opt for a dental bridge, which is a natural looking false tooth that secures itself between two healthy teeth and is minimally invasive.
However, the most effective and long-term solution would be a dental implant. A dental implant provides a strong, sturdy, and permanent tooth but it is a more invasive procedure. Don’t worry – during a procedure such as this, you will be given plenty of anaesthetic and even sedation if preferred.
If your tooth can be salvaged and an extraction is not necessary, it is possible to file your tooth down and cap it with a dental crown.
Learn more about these options below and if there is anything that you are not sure about, pick up the phone or flick us a message online to talk to one of our friendly team members. We’re here to help you and there are no such thing as dumb questions when it comes to making the best choice for your smile and oral health.
Reasons for tooth extraction
There are several reasons why you may need a tooth extracted.
Infection – occasionally, a tooth is infected right down to the pulp which could get dangerous if the situation cannot be improved with root canal therapy or antibiotics. This is far more serious than just a toothache. In these cases, extraction is essential to prevent the spread of infection.
The tooth is not salvageable – when too much of the tooth has been chipped or cracked away so that it cannot be repaired by a filling or crown, extraction is the best option.
Overcrowded teeth – sometimes, before people have braces, it is necessary for the dentist to pull out a tooth or teeth to give the mouth Jaw more space. This way, the teeth can have the space to align properly.
Wisdom tooth extraction – if wisdom teeth are impacted or you’re experiencing wisdom teeth pain, it is often sensible to remove them.
Financial reasons – sometimes, for a tooth to be salvaged, several dental appointments involving expensive procedures may be required. And for some, this is just not financially feasible. In this case, an extraction may be the best option.
Risk of infection – if you are immunocompromised (e.g. if you are undergoing chemotherapy) the potential risk of infection in a particular tooth may be too great to dice with. Your doctor may decide that extraction is necessary.
Periodontal disease – this is infection of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, which may cause loosening of the teeth. Tooth extraction may be required.
Do I need my tooth pulled out?
It really depends and ultimately, the best person to discuss whether you need your tooth pulled out is your dentist.
If there are other options available to salvage a tooth, it’s likely these will be preferable. However, every situation is different, so you’ll need to discuss this in person.
Book in a consultation with your nearest Dentistry Plus clinic today.
We’re confident that even after just a consultation and the advice that you will receive, you’ll see that there’s a Plus to going with us.